Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rising Star "Renatta Nikole" stars in "Because He Loved Me" by Dexter Overall

Rising starlette coined as "The Gifted Masterpiece" , Renatta Nikole will star as  "Mya" in Dexter Overall's highly anticipated screenplay "Because He Loved Me."  The play is set to hit the stage at Prairie State College in Chicago, Ill on  Saturday, October 13, 2012. The doors open at 6:00 P.M. and show time is at 7:00 P.M.
Renatta Nikole is an actress, singer, painter, writer...a true ARTISTE!!. She is definitely the one to watch!

See the Gifted masterpiece in action in the trailer for Becasue He Loved Me below:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Families Unlocking Futures-Compelling Report released

Photo Credit: Richard Ross of youth detained at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey
Release of Groundbreaking National Report
Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice

Today, Tuesday, September 25, 2012, the Youth Justice Coalition, as a part of the national network Justice for Families, assembled on the steps of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to release a report exposing the crisis in the juvenile injustice system.

Based on over 1,000 surveys with parents and family members of incarcerated youth and 24 focus groups nationwide, Families Unlocking Futures aims to correct misperceptions about system-involved youth and their families, and demonstrates the need for families’ active participation in redesigning the youth justice system in order to secure safer and more prosperous communities.

“We know that engaging, involving and supporting families are essential strategies if we truly want court-involved youth to succeed.  But the current system neither reflects nor embraces that truth,” said Bart Lubow, Director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  “As a matter of public safety, justice, and simple common sense, we should re-engineer juvenile justice so that families are at the center of the work.” 

Rickia Collins, a youth leader with the Youth Justice Coalition was in and out of the system from the age of 12.  "The system was supposed to protect us, to teach us, to raise us. Instead, I came to fear juvenile halls and jails as places that beat me down, stole my hope and squashed my dreams.  We are here today to push for real opportunities so all youth can succeed."

Maria Luisa Borrego is a parent leader with the Youth Justice Coalition.  Her only son Steven Menendez was 14 when he was arrested and transferred into adult court through direct file by the District Attorney without a judicial hearing.  He was sentenced to 50 to Life even though he was not accused of being the shooter, and it was his first arrest.  

Borrego’s story highlights the inhumane and extreme sentencing of young people who are transferred into adult court. "The idea that Steven will spend 50 years or more in prison seems to me exactly like a
death sentence.  Some days, I have thought that death might actually be less painful.  The law says my son is not repairable, but I have already witnessed the good man he is becoming.  This is happening despite the cold, violence and abuse he sees every day in juvenile hall and now state prison.  Imagine what he could accomplish – and what all the other youth serving Life sentences in the United Sates could accomplish – if they were given that opportunity.  This report is our plea that America will see our children as human beings not monsters."

Justice for Families is unique as a system-change effort led by families rather than public officials, lawyers and advocates. The perspectives of people that have been directly impacted are particularly honest and the solutions especially urgent.
Grace Bauer is Co-Director of Justice for Families.  Her son Corey was abused and neglected throughout his incarceration. She emphasized, “The juvenile justice system is rife with misconceptions and stereotypes about youth and their families. Whether we are trying to do what’s best for our own child or fight for systemic reform, we as the families of these young people have been blamed, ignored, and cut out of the process. The time is now to fix this broken system.”

Today’s action was an effort to do just that.  Youth and their families are demanding that the system include them in the debates and decisions impacting youth.  From the initial contact youth have with police in the streets or schools, to court, and within detention and incarceration, young people and their families have a right to critique and shape the system toward one that sees the humanity of all youth and ensures a future beyond cages and coffins.


Fall Classes at William Grant Still Arts Center

Embrace the Arts-Get to know the ARTIST in you!


FALL CLASSES  - $5 per class (Oct. 8 – Nov. 24)

No registration required - come on day of class


Drums  -  Marcus L. Miller

4 – 5 pm  (7 – 12 years)

5 – 6 pm (13 years and up)

Drawing & Painting  -  Raul Baltazar

4 – 5:30   (7 – 12 years)


Keyboard  -  Aeros Pierce

2:30 – 3:30 pm, (Adult / Senior)

4 – 5 pm, Beginner (7 – 18 years)

5 – 6 pm, Returning Students (7 -18 years)


Early Childhood Ukulele  -  Daniel Corral

4 – 5 pm, Beginner (3 - 6 years)

Guitar  -  Daniel Corral

5 – 6 pm, Beginner (7 -18 years)

6 - 7 pm, Beginner (Adult / Senior)


Line Dance  -  Nawili Gray

11 am – Noon (Adult/Seniors)

Crafting Circle – Cheryl Williams

Noon – 2 pm (Adult/Seniors)


Teen Art – Raul Baltazar   Noon – 2pm  (13 – 19 years)

Every third Saturday Art on the Lawn  - 10 – Noon (FREE All ages)

Save the Date!!!! October 6, 2012 Dragon's Flight  Opening Festival

Noon - 6 pm Free


Opening Concert & Resource Fair

Kamau Daood, Chicano Son, Marcus L. Miller World Drum Ensemble,
Rifleman, DJ Ern Medina of Soul Assassins Radio, Hosted by MC Verbs

Also presentations by grassroots organizations working on issues of

Live silk-screening by Dewey Tafoya

Saturday October 6, 2012 Noon – 6 pm       FREE

STAINED: An Intimate Portrayal of State Violence

A performance by Patrisse Marie Cullors

October 20, 2012 2 - 4 pm      FREE

Dia De Los Muertos Art Workshop

Lead by artists Cheryl Williams and Raul Baltazar

November 3, 2012  2 – 4 pm     FREE

Panel Discussion

More info TBA

November 10, 2012  2 - 4 pm      FREE

Health and Wellness Fair

More info TBA

November 17, 2012  11 am - 1 pm     FREE

DRAGON'S FLIGHT Exhibit                 October 6 – November 24, 2012

Dragon’s Flight is a six-week exhibition running from October 6
through November 24, introduced by a free one-day community arts
festival concert and celebration as the opening event on October 6
from 12 - 6 p.m. The exhibition’s theme is the transformative power of
creating art, and its ability to reclaim and re-grow personal identity
in the face of negative trauma. The artists curated into the
exhibition are specifically people who are or have been incarcerated
or in collaboration with incarcerated artists. The work exhibited is
drawn from pieces created both inside prison and on the outside.
Exhibition partners include A.D.E.L.A.N.T.E., a transition
organization founded by artist Victor Bono (whose work will be
featured in the exhibition) which is focused on healing the negative
trauma of incarceration; Sheila Pinkel (artist) and Margie Ghiz-Gillis
(of Art Release and former founder of Midnight Special Community
Bookstore), featuring a collection of artists in solitary detention at
the SHU in Pelican Bay, and the Youth Justice Coalition, a youth-led
movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in the Los
Angeles County juvenile justice system; AK Angels, an incarcerated
women’s support group; Critical Resistance LA,  a national
organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison
industrial complex and the Old Timers, a mentorship and support group
for youth and elders. The exhibition is put on in partnership with
the generous donations of local organizations, United Neighborhoods
Neighborhood Council and Mid-City Neighborhood Council.

The exhibition opening will take the form of a free one-day community
arts festival concert and celebration that will showcase musicians and
a variety of community organizations in support of the opening of
Dragon’s Flight exhibition.

Exhibit artists are Victor Bono, James “Doc” Holiday, Amanda Perez,
KUSH, Sharing Our Stiches (Women of the CIW), Katrina Amaya, Dianne
Fellman, Leonard Dixon, a multi-generational Oral History Documentary
project initiated by John Martinez and the Old Timers of Southern
California, giving cameras and mics to youth to document elders,
Sheila Pinkel, Jack L. Morris, David Earl Williams, YJC, murals by
AISE and more. Live music, community information tables from
exhibition partners and related service organizations, arts workshops
and other family-friendly activities will take place to launch the

William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 S. Westview st.
Los Angeles, ca. 90016

Bettie J. Spruill Presents" The Feminine Face of Leadership and Power"

For additional info go to: An unforgettable experience that will change your life!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2012 Opportunity Nation Summit Live! Watch Now

Watch live streaming video from oppsummit at

Advocate Pathways for Young Leaders! Be apart and make a difference!

Buffie "The Body" Carruth shares her journey in celebration of her 100th Youtube Video

She took the video and modeling industry by storm in 2005. She made an impact on the world with her stunning beauty and amazing physic.  She started out with her then paid modeling site
Now, Buffie Carruth continues change lives an an empowering fitness guru. Her has generated a wave of majority female followers who want to promote healthy living in their lives. Viewers can log onto the site and see Buffie the dynamic personal trainer demonstrate powerful workout tips and techniques.

She celebrates her 100th Youtube video by sharing who she is with the world.
Buffie gets real in this little over 52 min video and opens up about her journey. Congratulations Buffie! To many more years of continued succes!

Click on the link below.
Buffie the Body: Is My Butt Fake and Why I Left the Hip Hop Industry? « Bodynomics

Friday, September 7, 2012

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Expands 2013 Gracie Awards 
to Two Coasts

Prestigious Gracies to be Awarded in Los Angeles and New York
The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation is pleased to announce that for the first time, the Gracie Awards will take place in both California and New York in 2013. The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable and new media.  The Gracies Gala, which honors national winners, will return to the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 21, 2013. The recipients of the Gracie Awards for excellence in local, online, public and student markets will be honored on June 26, 2013, at the Hilton New York.

“We are thrilled that The Gracies has become such an important industry event that this year we will celebrate the best media for, by and about women on both coasts,” said AWMF President, Erin M. Fuller.  “We are excited to return to Los Angeles, and by expanding our signature event to New York City, which served as The Gracies’ home for many years, we will better celebrate our award recipients.”

The Gracies are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM that supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields.  The Gracies, established in 1975, honors programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and digital media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary and sports.

Previous winners at The Gracies include: Christiane Amanpour, Dr. Maya Angelou, Katie Couric, Giada de Laurentiis, Linda Ellerbee, Tina Fey, Savannah Guthrie, Chelsea Handler, Angie Harmon, Florence Henderson, Gayle King, Susan Lucci, Andrea Mitchell, Soledad O’Brien, Suze Orman, Amy Poehler, Rachael Ray, Susan Stamberg, Hannah Storm, Wanda Sykes, Barbara Walters, to name only a few.

For more information about the Gracies, visit
About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM)The Alliance for Women in Media leverages the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media. Formerly known as American Women in Radio & Television, AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment, and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011. The Alliance for Women in Media carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large via inspired thought leadership that illuminates areas of societal need.
About the Alliance for Women in Media FoundationThe Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation.  The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.
*Courtesy of Edna Sims of ESSPR*

Shifts the Focus to the Issues and Voting Power of Black Women at the Republican and Democratic Conventions

Black women discuss the power of the sister voter during the DNC. Pictured (L-R) Glynda C. Carr, Higher Heights for America; Rev. Leah Daughtry (at podium), On These Things; Hazel Dukes, NAACP; Clayola Brown, A. Philip Randolph Institute; Melanie L. Campbell, NCBCP/Black Women's Roundtable; Dr. E Faye Williams, NCBW  
In their continuing efforts to make Black women's issues a top priority and remind elected officials and candidates of the voting power of Black women, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) Black Women's Roundtable co-hosted non-partisan round table discussions in conjunction with the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, FL, and this week at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC.

At the Charlotte Convention Center Black Women's Roundtable joined with Higher Heights for America to co-host, "Harnessing Black Women's Political Power: The Chisholm Effect 40 Years in the Making," a celebration and discussion about the power of the sister vote.

Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference, opened the session delivering an electrifying speech outlining the historic run of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and chiding leaders for, 40 years after Chisholm's run, not properly recognizing the power of the black women's vote.

Reminding people of the Pew Research findings that the surge in black voter participation in 2008 was driven by increased participation among black women, Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the NCBCP and convener, Black Women's Roundtable said, "We're celebrating the phenomenal power of the sister vote. Black women are getting their swagger back in 2012. They're not just getting themselves prepared to vote, they are making sure their family, friends and neighbors are prepared to cast a ballot that counts in this very important election."  

Campbell adds, "Black women are leaders in turning out our community; our issues should be a top priority for elected officials and we need to see Black women appointed to powerful positions."

Other participants in the DNC conversation included: Rev. Leah Daughtry, President CEO of On These Thing, LLC and Former CEO of 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee; Clayola Brown, President of A. Philip Randolph Institute; Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD; Dr. E Faye Williams, National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women; and Glynda C. Carr, Co-Founder of Higher Heights for America and co-host of the DNC round table.

Over 30 Florida leaders joined national leaders for a more intimate discussion about the continuing economic crisis, criminal justice reform, and voter suppression tactics, during RNC round table held at St. Petersburg's Center for Community and Economic Justice. In addition to the conversation, Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, provided information and tools like the 866 OUR-VOTE hotline, to help the women educate their constituents, organizations and community members in countering the rampant black voter disenfranchisement in Florida.  

The lively discussion was co-convened by Salandra Benton, chair, Florida Coalition for Black Civic Participation; Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, president and CEO, Center for Community and Economic Justice; Gypsy Gallardo, publisher, Power Broker Magazine; and Dr. Elsie Scott, president and CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Participants included: Jessica Brown, national field director, Black Youth Vote; Chloe Choney, district director for Congresswoman Kathy Castor; and Shahra Anderson, regional Director for Senator Bill Nelson.

BWR is an intergenerational women's network of the NCBCP, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities and developing new leaders.  For more information visit

*From Jazzmyne PR*